State land free days coming up

The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission invites visitors to enjoy a state park on March 19 in recognition of Washington State Parks’ birthday and on April 22 in celebration of Earth Day. Visitors are not required to display the Discover Pass for day-use visits to a Washington state park or on lands managed by the Washington Department of Natural Resources or Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife on these dates.

The free days align with legislation that created the Discover Pass. Discover Passes cost $30 for an annual pass or $10 for a one-day permit. The pass is required for vehicle access to state recreation lands managed by Washington State Parks, WDFW and DNR. The Discover Pass legislation indicated that State Parks could designate up to 12 free days when the pass would not be required to visit state recreation lands.

The remaining 2022 State Parks free days are as follows:

Saturday, June 11 – National Get Outdoors Day

Sunday, June 12 – Free Fishing Weekend

Sunday, June 19 - Juneteenth

Saturday, Sept. 24 – National Public Lands Day

Monday, Oct. 10 – World Mental Health Day

Friday, Nov. 11 – Veterans Day

Friday, Nov. 25 – Native American Heritage Day

The Discover Pass provides daytime access to state parks. Overnight visitors in state parks are charged fees for camping and overnight accommodations. Day access is included in the overnight fee. For information about the Discover Pass, visit


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